Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Friday, March 11, 2016
March 10th, 4:00pm-8:30pm-- March 11th, 9:00am- 4:00pm
David Brower Center,Goldman Auditorium, UC Berkeley Campus 


Organized by the Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley, & the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium Co-Sponsors: UC Berkeley Office of the Chancellor

Event is FREE & Open to the Public. Registration is required. 

Symposium participants will explore the distinctive advantages and challenges research-intensive public university face in providing a quality and exceptional undergraduate education. Major public universities educate nine percent of all U.S. undergraduates; they have comprehensive academic and professional programs, world famous faculty and among the most diverse student bodies; students participate in faculty directed research, in co-curricular activities and various forms of public service; they have access to unique facilities and support services. Yet public universities also face major challenges in providing and affordable and quality undergraduate experience due to declining public investment, rising student to faculty ratios, and, some would argue, the priority faculty and institutions place on research productivity.

 This symposium will generate discussion and analysis around a number of strategic questions, including: what are the characteristics and dynamics of the student experience in these large public universities? Is there a research university advantage for undergraduate education that can be identified and leveraged? Can we define and measure it? How can we scale high-impact practices that often depend on relatively low student to faculty ratios?  What is the role of residential life in shaping the educational experience and personal goals of students? What cost-effective strategies can increase the enrollment capacity of public universities without decreasing the educational experience and learning outcomes of students?  And if an institution determines that change is important in undergraduate pedagogy, how can it best motivate and effect change?



Location: David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 100, Berkeley, CA 94704 
DAY 1- Thursday, March 10th, 2016 (Goldman Auditorium)

4:00-5:30       Session 1: The Research University Advantage – Are Student Engaged or Adrift?

                        What Does the SERU Data Tell Us?

                       Presentation: John Douglass, Igor Chirikov and Gregg Thomson –

                      SERU Consortium,CSHE UC Berkeley


                      Christine Keller – Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU)

                       Josh Trapani – Association of American Universities (AAU) 

5:30pm-6:00pm Break 

6:00pm-7:00pm Keynote - President Mark Schlissel, President, University of Michigan

7:00pm-8:30pm-Reception in the Wolf Gallery, David Brower Center

DAY 2 - Friday, March 11 

9:00-10:30     Session 2: Scaling High Impact Practices


                       David Asai - Howard Hughes Medical Institute

                       Michael Jackson – University of Southern California

                       Douglas Hesse - University of Denver

10:45-12:15   Session 3: Cost and Capacity


                       Jane Wellman - College Futures

                       Joni Finney- University of Pennsylvania 

                       Candace Thille - Stanford University

12:15-1:15    Lunch

1:15-2:15      Session 4: Undergraduate Education at Berkeley – a discussion with

                     Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and Provost Claude Steele

2:30-4:00       Session 5: Effecting Change


                       Mitchell Stevens-Stanford University

                       Barbara Bichelmeyer-University of Missouri, Kansas City

                       Steven Brint-University of California, Riverside